Oct 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) celebrates with power forward David West (21) after hitting a three point basket over New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (not pictured) during the fourth quarter of a game at New Orleans Arena. The Pacers defeated the Pelicans 95-90. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Live Game Thread: Indiana Pacers at Detroit Pistons

Indiana Pacers (3-0) at Detroit Pistons (2-1)

Plenty to watch for in this game, and I thought with all the interaction I had with Detroit fans over the summer, why not do some live thread for this game?  Sure it’s only the fourth game of the season, but those divisional battles can be a little more intense than other battles.  Plus, I believe the Pistons want to use this game as the measuring stick for their team.  There is some talent here, and so far picking up wins over Washington and Boston has helped Piston fans start to really buy into this team.  There are some positional battles out on the floor that we will definitely keep an eye on.

I am most looking forward to the big men of the starting five for each team to duke it out. It’s almost like a tag team wrestling match as you have David West/Roy Hibbert in one corner for the Indiana Pacers, and in the other corner Andre Drummond/Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons.  Monroe is averaging 18 points a game for the Pistons, so David West will have to be on his toes to keep that scoring down.  At the same time, I would look for David West to give his own scoring punch as he’s been a little slow out of the gates.  Just at 10 points a game is not where I believe he wants to be, and hopefully tonight he can get in that 15-20 point range, which is where he should be.

Roy Hibbert has been the defensive wall in the middle for the Pacers, and he’ll need to continue that tonight against Andre Drummond, who wants to establish himself as a top center.  Both guys I feel aren’t as respected as other centers in the league, and tonight could be that showcase for them to prove they’re in that top center discussion.  Whoever can get the best of this battle could help their team in the long run.

Join the conversation as we keep up with this exciting game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons.

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